Rescue Me Tucson is a 501(c)3 non-profit formed to establish and operate a collaborative-based pet adoption center. Our center will help multiple Tucson and Southern Arizona rescues and shelters provide consumers with a compassionate alternative to pet stores selling mill-bred puppies and kittens and help rescue animals find their forever homes.

RMT’s model is based on the Best Friends No Kill Center in Los Angeles. We’ll be the first collaborative-based pet adoption center in Arizona, and the experiences we gain will help develop a template for centers in other communities. Our center will be open seven days a week and offer potential adopters the opportunity to meet many adoptable dogs and cats of all ages. The increased visibility will reduce the “bottleneck” that foster-based rescues experience caused by limited exposure of their adoptable animals. More exposure equals more adoptions and enables rescues to save more lives!

If you would like to help Rescue Me Tucson achieve our goal of opening a collaborative pet adoption center, please DONATE



Rescue Me Tucson has a board of five seasoned animal advocates. Board member expertise includes shelter management, veterinary medicine, non-profit, small business, rescue and foster experience; social science research expertise, and public policy development.

We’ve worked diligently with community partners to lay the groundwork for success for our center, which will provide a vibrant, welcoming shared space where partnerships thrive and the community can participate in finding solutions to help homeless companion animals.

Nancy Young Wright (she/her), President

Nancy Young Wright w/ Trykker, PACC dog

Nancy has extensive experience in the public realm with a strong focus on public policy and animal welfare. She was a two-term Arizona State Legislator, where she started a bi-partisan animal caucus. Board service includes the HSUS Arizona Council, the Amphitheater School District Governing Board, the Tucson Audubon Society and the Arizona Historical Society. She has a BA in Journalism from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Nancy has volunteered at Pima Animal Care Center, with Cody’s Friends Charities, and helps organize supplies and volunteers to help groups serving the San Carlos Apache Reservation. 


Linda Simmons (she/her), CPA, Vice President

Linda Simmons with her pup Pays

Linda Simmons is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience working with non-profit and for-profit entities in both the public and private sectors. She spent five years as a Customer Care Manager at a pet care facility and does both board and volunteer work with multiple nonprofit rescues and shelters. She serves as Treasurer and member of the board of 4 Paws Rescue Team, Inc., a 501(c)(3) in Northern Virginia, and  volunteers regularly at Pima Animal Care Center providing foster care to homeless pets. Ms. Simmons received her BA in Accounting and Economics at The Catholic University of America. She maintains her CPA license in Arizona and Maryland. 


Lee Bucyk (she/her), Member; Chair, Development Committee Co-Chair

Lee Bucyk with her cat Vander

Lee has more than 25 years of business experience in multiple non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her experience includes sales, marketing and development. She was the Executive Director of The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary. Ms. Bucyk has a BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center.


Dawn Vandaveer (she/her), Secretary

Dawn Vandaveer’s rescue Poppy

Dawn has an extensive background in marketing with a special focus on the pet industry. She’s worked with many nonprofit organizations throughout southern Arizona including Humane Society of Southern AZ, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Friends of PACC, Gabriel’s Angels and Handi-Dogs Inc. She’s worked on large scale local events including Dog Days of Summer Community Pet Food Drive, the Purple Paw Project and Dogtoberfest. She is the Board President of HaloDogs.